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Band to make debut at today's game

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A group of Marshall University students have been in training, preparing to hit the athletic field on Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Marching Thunder will make its season debut during the pre-game show before the football team's 7 p.m. kickoff at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Director Steve Barnett said there are 280 members this year in the band, and they've had eight days of rehearsals since arriving last week.

"I am very proud of their progress in such a short period of time," he said. "A tribute to their talent, musicianship and hard work."

The halftime show will feature music from Earth, Wind & Fire, including "September," "Got To Get You Into My Life" and "Let's Groove."

The Sept. 7 home game is the annual band day, where 11 high school bands will join the Marching Thunder for a combined halftime show that honors veterans and current members of the military.

The band will give an exhibition performance during the Spring Valley High School marching festival on Saturday, Sept. 14. On Friday, Sept. 20, the band will perform at halftime of the Bluefield High School football game, then travel to Virginia Tech the following day for Marshall's bout with the Hokies. That will include a joint halftime performance with the Virginia Tech marching band.

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